President Donald Trump wants to see changes at the U.S. Postal Service as his administration considers a nearly $10 billion emergency loan to help the service stay afloat amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“I will never let our Post Office fail. It has been mismanaged for years, especially since the advent of the internet and modern-day technology,” President Trump said in a tweet on Firday. “The people that work there are great, and we’re going to keep them happy, healthy, and well!”
I will never let our Post Office fail. It has been mismanaged for years, especially since the advent of the internet and modern-day technology. The people that work there are great, and we’re going to keep them happy, healthy, and well!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2020
Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson released the following statement on the President’s stance on the U.S. Postal Service.
“I am against the privatization of the U.S. Postal Service. The President now imposes such egregious terms that are unnecessary and unworkable. Congress overwhelmingly approved the $10 billion loan in the CARES Act for the Postal Service.
“The President stated that before the loan would be given the Postal Service must raise rates four times for package and deliveries. Raising the price of postal services is not in the interest of this country. Consumers and retailers are heavily relying on the U.S. Postal Service during the COVID-19 pandemic to deliver goods. This will not only hurt the U.S. Postal Service but it will also significantly hurt rural communities and small businesses.
“The Administration’s push will place senior citizens, retirees, low-income communities, and rural communities at a disadvantage given their current reliance on the Postal Service. This will create an unnecessary burden for the American people and the U.S. Postal Service.
“The good men and women who have worked every day and night making sure that mail and packages get delivered deserve to be treated better by the Trump Administration.”